The last time there wasn’t a Studio 54, Skrillex was 10, Avicii was 9, Porter Robinson was eating paste and DJ Baby Chino was negative-5. That’s not even an age for Benjamin Button.
Point being: It’s been a long time since Studio 54 opened its doors 14 years ago, but nothing lasts forever. The way nightclubs age (dog years), nothing usually even lasts a decade. Feb. 4 was the last hurrah for the old dame, and it was up to LL Cool J to make it work. LL Cool J, who, by the by, was closer to “Mama Said Knock You Out” than NCIS when 54 first opened. Chew on that awhile.
With Z-Trip on hand to work the turntables, LL did “Goin’ Back to Cali,” “Doin’ It” and “Phenomenon.” He brought a bride, still in her wedding dress, up to dance with him. And nothing makes a new groom feel more secure than a rich, famous, muscular dude dancing with his brand-new wife.
Z-Trip worked out a NFL-themed remix, and LL hyped up the Giants—because he was raised out in Brooklyn.
After the balloons finally dropped on LL’s last song, he retired to the VIP section and the club went out with aerialist routines and jams over the sound system. We were so looking forward to an all-star 54 roundup at the very end, with John Travolta and Prince personally drinking the last of